New Delhi: The 1st Robo Expo 2008 organized by CII concurrent to the 9th Auto Expo, witnessed the launch of a number of new Robots. The Robo Expo, being held from 10-17 January at the Andhra Pavilion, Pragati Maidan showcases world leaders of Robotics & Automation such as ABB Ltd, Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz, Kuka, Motoman Motherson Robotics Ltd, Panasonic, Precision Automation & Robotics India Ltd (PARI), Rhythmsoft and Rockwell amongst others.
V.Krishnamurthy, chairman, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) said that personal safety and enhanced productivity are becoming increasingly important for the manufacturing sector. These require enhanced effort in the area of robotics and automation.
The expo offers a fairly comprehensive range of application possibilities that robotics can be put to, be it in the entertainment, sports, productivity improvement and industrial sectors.
According to industry estimates, 2008 onwards, the world market for industrial robots is projected to rise by an yearly average of 4.2% going up to 139,300 units in 2010. In India the industry is expected to grow at 2-2.5 times the global average.
Indian robots make their presence felt
Of the 11 Robotics companies at Robo Expo, 5 are Indian companies. Hi Tech Robotic Systemz Ltd. launched their indigenously developed Humanoid called NEEL at the show.
“NEEL is capable of doing obstacle avoidance through stereovision and also recognizing human faces. It can interact with humans through speech”, said Mr. Deep Kapuria, managing director, Hi Tech Robotics.
The company has also launched the Advance Driver Assistive System (ADAS), which would help enhance road safety, Intellicart for material handling which integrates patented VBL technology and Robotic Vision, which is a vision sensor that can be integrated into any robotic arm for quality inspection of manufacturing components.
ABB Ltd. Robotics Division is launching two systems for India at the Expo. “These include “Flex Arc”, a modular manufacturing welding cell and a small painter called IRB 52 to cater to general industry for example plastic component manufacturers, 3C market etc.”, said Anil Chaudhry, assistant vice president and Head, Sales Robot Automation, ABB.
While highlighting some strengths of the company,Raj Singh Rathee, managing director, Kuka Robotics (India) Pvt Ltd, said “KUKA is the only robotics company in the world supplying robots to the entertainment and medical sector. We are also the only company with the highest number of robots variants, going up to 280. Our robot, Titan offers the highest payload of upto 1000 kgs and has figured in the Guinness Book of World Records”. It is one of the largest suppliers of industrial robots in the world.
Rhythmsoft Robotics & Automation Pvt Ltd, a fast growing company from Nashik has made its mark in Robotic automation by successfully completing turn key BIW projects “XENON” and PHOENIX” for Tata Motors alongwith KUKA. “By the end of the 1st quarter of 2008, we will showcase our strength in tandem press line automation and complete two turnkey press automation projects”, said Pritish Chandratre, managing director, Rhythmsoft.
Motoman Motherson Robotics Ltd. is showcasing DUAL ARM 13 AXIS Robots at the Robo Expo. This Robot can bring automation one step closer to human performance. “If the demand of Robotics in volume terms grows in India we may consider manufacturing these hi tech industrial Robots in India”, said Ken Imamura, president, Motoman Motherson
Precision Automation and Robotics India (PARI) is inviting visitors to take the “golf challenge” against their Golfing Robot. This robot plays golf with an accuracy of upto 97%. The idea is to demonstrate the accuracy of PARI systems while the visitors have some fun.
1st Robo Expo, 2008 will become an annual event of the CII Mission for Innovation. The upcoming Robo Conference, scheduled for 14-15 Jan will provide a platform to the participants to network with and learn from the experts and practitioners in the field of Robotics and Automation.